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    A football field and an urban micro-forest replace a parking lot in the heart of the Caves | City of Geneva

    Beyond sporting practice, the objective of this project is also to positively occupy a perimeter today victim of chronic incivility of all kinds. “This sports facility is a response from the City authorities to a request from residents’ associations,” explains administrative advisor Marie Barbey-Chpuis in charge of the Security and Sports Department. “We hope that this land will allow residents and young people in the neighborhood to reclaim this place and truly enjoy it.”

    The termination of an old lease made it possible to eliminate 35 parking spaces on this plot owned by the City. The removal of the bitumen in the fall from part of the area will also make it possible to plant an urban micro-forest according to the Miyawaki method, with the residents of the neighborhood.


    The planting of some 400 plants of various species over 210 m2 will take place in December. Soil tests revealed topsoil under the asphalt layer of good quality, which can be saved for planting after being decompacted and enriched. “Transforming parking lots into green spaces makes it possible to respond to the crucial lack of planting areas, while intervening in the heart of neighborhoods,” indicates Alfonso Gomez, Mayor of the City of Geneva in charge of the Department of Finance, Environment and housing.

    Temporary nature

    The Department of Planning, Construction and Mobility (DACM) contributed to the project by establishing the building authorization file and preparing the land. These installations are of a temporary nature in a sector expected to experience major changes with the construction of the underground station, planned in principle from 2027 to 2035. “We must support the evolution of the city with sometimes more modest and temporary interventions such as those that we are inaugurating today, but which are also interventions carried out by the population and likely to improve their daily lives,” comments the administrative advisor in charge of the DACM, Frédérique Perler.

    In order to limit noise pollution for local residents in a very dense neighborhoodthe grounds will be open all year round from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June 1 to September 30.

    In 2027, it is planned that the CFF will regain possession of the perimeter as part of the extension of the Cornavin station. The micro-forest will be preserved as part of the future requalification of the district.

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